National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden of Wales
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The National Botanic Garden of Wales covers 568 acres of the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. Here you’ll find Lord Foster's glasshouse as its centrepiece, the British Bird of Prey Centre, an inspiring range of themed gardens and a national nature reserve. The Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historical, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Josepha M
    154 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birds of prey and mediterranean plants
    The garden is extensive and we did not see all of it due to the weather. The highlight was the display of birds of prey [extra charge]. We also enjoyed exploring the large covered greenhouse designed by Foster and filled with mediterranean plants. We were intrigued by the recreation of the Edwardian chemist. We went to the cafe .
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Hercules R
    Ullapool, United Kingdom327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    It was easy to find and there was plenty of parking with a lot of shade. It is dog friendly with few restrictions to where the dogs can go. The gardens are extensive and it is a great walk for the dogs. We saw the Birds of Prey including an excellent flying display. The greenhouse had some amazing plants and trees. There was a fountain where the dogs had access to water. It was a hot day and I would have liked more water bowls scattered around in different areas. All in all a great day out
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Happymum
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous family adventure
    A wonderful family day out, so much to see and explore that one day is not enough. Plenty to keep young ones entertained with the fairy wood, Gruffalo trail, school holiday activities as well as the beautiful gardens themselves and the woodland trails. Cafes are superb and ice cream to tempt all taste buds.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Strumblehead
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Botanic gardens of Wales
    We had a truely lovely day at the Botanic gardens. We walked around the beautiful gardens and the glass domed tropical garden was incredible. The falconry display was wonderful.The scenery is glorious and the restaurant good was fresh and tasty. We had a trip in one of the buggy around the waterfall and lake region with our wonderful driver Nessa. Who was very knowledgeable and funny. Wonderful place to visit
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 June 2023
  • Ann N
    Telford, United Kingdom155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    mostly positive!
    The staff were all very helpful and pleasant The outside was excellent with a great display of plants. The restaurant was very good and "most" food reasonably priced with good service with all tills in use. No concessions on entry which I found disappointing . The great glass house was a disappointment, the plants looked very sorry for themselves - it is appreciated that plants have their seasons but there were plants in there that were thriving beautifully in the Tropical green house (ZEBRENA was one /not sure of spelling) Sadly didn't see all outside due to weather.
    Thank you for sharing your experience of visiting the garden. We’re delighted that you had positive engagement with our staff and that you enjoyed our restaurant. Regarding the plants, we’re pleased that you enjoyed our outdoor displays and the Tropical House. Unfortunately, the recent hot spell effected some plants and they have not thrived. We’re currently exploring new watering regimes and other ways in which we can solve this issue. We hope to see you again in the future when the weather allows you to explore the rest of what we have to offer.
    Written 2 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Nelgumford
    352 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I do like a good dome
    I didn't enter into this with very high hopes but it turned out to be completely excellent. Even though the weather was not at its sunniest, it was well worth it. The Dome and appothecory were particuarly good. We didn't even get to the raptors. Our tickets are good for a week. We may be back.
    Thanks for sharing your feedback, we really appreciate it. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit, and if you’re interested in becoming a member there are a number of great benefits – you can find out more by visiting https://botanicgarden.wales/support/become-a-member/ We hope to see you again soon.
    Written
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Karen S
    Whittington, United Kingdom989 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and very dog friendly!
    This was my first visit to the National Botanic Garden and absolutely loved it! I visited with my dog (dogs are allowed entry on a Monday and Friday) and other than not being allowed into the Glass house and tropical house, found it to be very dog friendly - with water bowls and plenty of waste bins around. Dogs are allowed inside elsewhere, including the shop and restaurant where we had a lovely lunch. As you’d expect, the plants and flowers are incredible and there are lots of beautiful walks. We visited on a very hot summers day - possibly hotter than I would have liked for dog walking so only stayed for a couple of hours. Could quite easily have spent the day here though and look forward to returning to see more. Would highly recommend for anyone in the area to visit!
    Many thanks for your feedback, we’re glad you had a great day. If you’re interested in becoming a member there are a number of great benefits – you can find out more by visiting https://botanicgarden.wales/support/become-a-member/ We hope to see you again soon.
    Written
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Elviis96
    Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous day out
    Really really lovely day out, even in the rain. So many gorgeous plants and flowers and there was just so much to see. There were also plenty of play areas and activities for children to do. When you buy your ticket your receive free returns within the week of purchase. Gorgeous gift shops and cafes/places to eat and plenty of places to sit and enjoy a picnic. Definitely worth a visit, highly recommend
    Thanks for sharing your feedback, we really appreciate it. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit to the Garden, even if the weather wasn't great! If you’re interested in becoming a member there are a number of great benefits – you can find out more by visiting https://botanicgarden.wales/support/become-a-member/ We hope to see you again soon.
    Written
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 July 2023
  • John A
    Brentwood, United Kingdom413 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Three generations have a day out
    Done lovely grounds with very pleasant planting meaning that if you are not a horticulturist then you can still enjoy the visit. The birds display was very good with the trainer gauging the behaviour of the toddlers before allowing the birds to fly near them. Was it a wow, must visit again, week not really but it was certainly enjoyable.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Tilly
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out
    Lovely day out. We went on a Monday in the summer holidays. I was a bit worried at first that it would be over crowded, but the place is so large, that the crowds at the entrance soon dispersed. Excellent variety of areas and planting. I liked the Wallace Garden and the evolution of plants section. The birds of prey centre is an added bonus. The food options are disappointing and overpriced. The coffee was poor.
    Thanks for sharing your feedback we really appreciate it. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit, and if you’re interested in becoming a member there are a number of great benefits – you can find out more by visiting https://botanicgarden.wales/support/become-a-member/ Regarding your comments about our food options, we’ll pass these on to our catering team. We hope to see you again soon.
    Written
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
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Isabel
Solihull, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I visited here earlier on this year with my family, it’s a lovely family day out! There’s a range of beautiful walks surrounded by many flowers and plants, it’s dog friendly in certain areas and there’s a lovely cafe to have a drink. In the greenhouse there’s a lovely walking path through all of the flowers and plants. Love it here, highly recommend!
Written 1 January 2024
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Laura
Bristol, UK72 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Luminate rubbish here. Trail really short and when we arrived for the 8pm slot, half the food outlets including the cafe were closed. Fire pits barely lit and the dried up beef rolls were overpriced and inedible.
Very disappointing event
Written 22 December 2023
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Claire M
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We decided to go here this year for Luminate, even though it rained most of the way round, it was enjoyable but it seemed to be a shorter trail and not as much compared to Margam Park which seemed to go on forever.
I wish we had gone back to Margam park this year.
Written 4 December 2023
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caerfyrddin
Carmarthen, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Most enjoyable time at the Antiques Fair held at the Gardens . Well organized ,fantastic stall displays in all the locations .Lovely sandwiches and tea served in the coffee shop in the great glasshouse .Well done all concerned .
Written 5 November 2023
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Sheila C
Norwich, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Great walks around the gardens and estate with picturesque views. Tropical and Great Glass House were both very interesting. Excellent lunch and certainly worth a visit. Will be back for another trip in Spring/Summer to see the gardens in full flower.
Written 19 October 2023
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Paola N
Westminster, CO8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
7th October is National Fungi Day and the the walks available were amazing - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides and great exhibits.
Definitely a date for next year's diary!
Gardens always beautiful and so much to see.
Written 7 October 2023
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Flackadder
Cirencester, UK352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Excellent park with plenty of things to do. Nice walks and good cafes along with the fantastic garden dome. Prices were fine too.
Written 21 September 2023
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sarah p
Lancaster, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
we visited here while in the area and were very impressed, the gardens are beautiful, and there is plenty to see, really pretty walks and the Gruffalo trail is fab,
the best bit was the bird of prey area, the handlers are very friendly and informative, the displays were enteraining anf informative, would absolutly recommend for a good day out.
Written 15 September 2023
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Jonsospan
Llanelli, UK11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Payed about £17 ea to get in. Lots of paths are hard loose grey stone with larger sharp stones, which are hard to walk on. Lots of the garden and common areas have just been left to run wild. If you got a dog then only allowed in on a few days a week, and not in main dome at all, yet you pay the same entry fee. On the positive Cafe is good and walled garden is reasonable but not as good as some national trust ones I’ve been in. This place lacks a wow factor and generally needs to set itself higher targets.
Written 15 September 2023
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Nicky S
Oxfordshire, UK24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We arrived here when it first opened at 10am. It wasn’t busy and so felt more relaxed without crowds. The glass dome is really special and a highlight of the visit - sadly the waterfall wasn’t functioning, which would have made that zone of the dome much more interesting. The walkway takes you around in a spiral so you don’t miss anything. The other gardens and tropical house were all very well maintained and interesting to see. The main cafe begins serving hot food at 12 (just cakes and drinks prior to this). We had a hot meal and coffee and both were made well - my only disappointment was the dirty tables throughout this cafe which I had read about on other peoples reviews but thought it would have been addressed / a blip. Although used plates and cups were being cleared, nobody is wiping the tables down so they are food stained and full of crumbs - which let down what would otherwise be a good quality cafe. This really needs to be sorted! You could easily spend a whole day here enjoying the different parts of the site and your ticket allows you free return for the next seven days.
Written 3 September 2023
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